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Sri Lankan shares hit near 10-mth closing low; foreign selling boosts turnover

FIRST CAPITAL’S SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST, ATCHUTHAN SRIRANGAN, SPEAKS TO REUTERS.

Sri Lankan stocks fell for a third straight session on Wednesday to close at their lowest in nearly 10 months, dragged down by beverages and banking shares, as concerns over rising interest rates and ongoing political instability weighed on sentiment.

Selling by foreign investors in Nestle Lanka boosted turnover, traders said.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.12 percent lower at 6,127.08, its lowest close since April 4.

“Market is not moving up due to lack of confidence among the investors with rising interest rates,” said Atchuthan Srirangan, a senior research analyst with First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“Investors might stay away for a while till they see positive news which can move the market up.”

Yields on treasury bills rose 2-5 basis points at a weekly auction on Wednesday to a near five-month high after the central bank governor signalled reduced intervention to defend the rupee.

Rising market interest rates, which move in tandem with t-bill yields, have been a cause for concern, brokers said.

Foreign investors net sold 385 million rupees ($2.56 million) worth of equities on Wednesday, extending the year to date net foreign outflow to 1.75 billion rupees worth shares.

Nestle Lanka, which accounted for around 62 percent of the day’s turnover of 690 million rupees, fell 2.5 percent.

Market heavyweight John Keells Holdings slipped 0.6 percent.

Investors are also concerned about possible political uncertainty as the main coalition partners in the government are contesting local polls separately, analysts said.

($1 = 150.1500 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

 

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

Sri Lankan shares end at near 2-week low

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS.

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Sri Lankan stocks closed at their lowest in nearly two weeks on Monday led by diversified shares as concerns about rising interest rates and the ongoing political stability weighed on sentiment.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.12 percent down at 6,162.05, its lowest close since Jan. 10.

The index hit a two-week high on Jan. 13 after the European Commission proposed increased market access for Sri Lanka as a reform incentive.

“The uncertainty is still there and investors are still in wait-and-see mode as they are worried over the current uncertainty and interest rate volatility,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Foreign investors net sold 22.3 million rupees ($148,518.15) worth of equities on Monday, extending the year-to-date net foreign outflow to 1.38 billion rupees.

Turnover stood at 661.8 million rupees.  Shares in fixed-line telephone operator Sri Lanka Telecom Plc fell 0.28 percent, while market heavyweight John Keells Holdings fell 0.92 percent.

Rising market interest rates, which move in tandem with t-bill yields, have been a cause for concern, brokers said.

Yields on treasury bills rose 1-16 basis points at a weekly auction on Wednesday to a four-month high after the central bank governor signalled reduced intervention to defend the rupee.

Investors are also concerned about possible political uncertainty as the main coalition partners in the government are contesting local polls separately, analysts said.

($1 = 150.1500 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Sunil Nair)

 

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

Sri Lankan shares end higher on foreign buying

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS.

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Sri Lankan stocks closed higher on Friday led by financials, after hitting a more than one-week closing low in the previous session, on increased appetite for risky assets by foreign investors.  The Colombo stock index ended up 0.08 percent at 6,169.57, edging up from its lowest close since Jan. 10 hit on Thursday.

The index hit a two-week high on Jan.13 after the European Commission proposed increased market access for Sri Lanka as a reform incentive.

Foreign investors net bought 433.4 million rupees ($2.89 million) worth equities on Friday, the highest net inflow since Dec. 8, although they have net sold 1.35 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year. Turnover stood at 731.3 million rupees.

Shares in biggest listed lender Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc rose 1.50 percent, while market heavyweight John Keells Holdings rose 0.57 percent.

“We have seen a foreign inflow after a while and that boosted the turnover and the bulk of the trades were from the foreign trading. Rest of the market was silent,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“Because the sentiment is not that great, many investors are on a wait and see approach.”

Rising market interest rates, which move in tandem with t-bill yields, have been a cause for concern, brokers said.  Yields on treasury bills rose 1-16 basis points at a weekly auction on Wednesday to a four-month high after the central bank governor signalled reduced intervention to defend the rupee currency.

Investors are also concerned about possible political uncertainty as the main coalition partners in government are contesting local polls separately, analysts said.

($1 = 149.8000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management,  retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory. 

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

Sri Lankan shares end marginally lower; T-bill yields hit 4-mth high

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

Sri Lankan shares erased early gains to end marginally lower on Tuesday as yields on short-term government securities rose in a weekly auction amid uncertainty over government’s monetary and budget policies.

Yields on treasury bill auctions rose 9-19 basis points at a weekly auction on Tuesday to its four-month high, rising for the second straight session after the central bank governor signalled reduced intervention to defend the currency.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.05 percent down at 6,152.59, slightly above its lowest closing since April 4, hit on Thursday. Last week, the index fell 0.64 percent and was down 9.7 percent for 2016, its second straight annual decline.

The day’s turnover was at 344.5 million rupees.

“Interest in the market was very low as the current uncertainty is keeping investors away from equities,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“There was no huge selling pressure. Because of rising market interest rates, new buyers won’t be coming in while the existing investors will hold on.”

Foreign investors bought a net 18.5 million rupees ($123,333) worth of equities on Tuesday. However, foreign investors have been net sellers to the tune of 798.5 million rupees so far this year.

They were net buyers for a third straight session on Tuesday, after offloading shares for five sessions through Thursday.

Shares in biggest listed lender, Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc, fell 1.34 percent while DFCC Bank Plc fell 1.90 percent and Teejay Lanka Plc fell 3.11 percent.

Conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc fell 0.64 percent.

($1 = 150.0000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

Sri Lankan shares rise on bargain hunting, snap 5-day losing streak

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS.

Sri Lankan shares edged higher on Friday, ending a five-day losing streak and recovering from a nine-month low hit in the prior session as investors picked up battered down shares.

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Foreign investors turned net buyers on Friday after offloading shares for five straight sessions.

The bourse hit a nine-month low on Thursday as foreign investors sold close to one billion rupees worth of stocks in the first four sessions of 2017 amid worries over a weakening rupee and rising interest rates hurt sentiment.

Foreign investors bought a net 26.95 million rupees ($180,026.72) worth of equities on Friday. They have been net sellers to the tune of 969.69 million rupees so far this year.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.09 percent up at 6,153.02, edging up from its lowest close since April 4 hit on Thursday. It fell 0.64 percent for the week and was down 9.7 percent in 2016, its second straight annual decline.

The index has been trading in the oversold territory since Tuesday with the 14-day relative strength index breaking below 30, Thomson Reuters data showed. A level between 30 and 70 indicates the market is neutral.  The day’s turnover was at 273.7 million rupees.

“Market edged up in thin volumes despite continued selling pressure,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Analysts said interest rate volatility and policy uncertainties are also hurting investor sentiment.

Yields on treasury bill auctions rose 5-6 basis points at a weekly auction on Wednesday, a day after the central bank governor signalled less intervention to defend the currency as market has braced for a depreciation.

Shares in Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc rose 1.17 percent while Colombo Cold Stores Plc rose 1.26 percent and Dialog Axiata Plc rose 0.95 percent.

Shares in biggest listed lender Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc rose 0.42 percent while Conglomerate John Keells ended 0.43 percent up.  Talks of a high net worth foreign investor exiting from Keells has triggered panic selling, dealers said.

($1 = 149.7000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

Sri Lanka shares fall; foreign selling inches close to 1 bln rupees

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS.

Sri Lankan shares fell for a fifth straight session and ended at a nine-month low on Thursday as foreign investors continued to sell shares, offloading close to one billion rupees worth of stocks in the first four sessions of the new year.

Foreign investors sold a net 181.7 million rupees ($1.22 million) worth of equities on Thursday, extending the net outflow in the first four trading sessions of the year to 996.6 million rupees.

Worries over a weakening rupee, rising interest rates and continued foreign selling in index heavyweight John Keells Holdings Plc also weighed on the sentiment.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.09 percent down at 6,147.52, its lowest close since April 4. The bourse fell 9.7 percent in 2016, its second straight annual decline.

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The index has been trading in the oversold territory since Tuesday with 14-day relative strength index breaking below 30, Thomson Reuters data showed. A level between 30 and 70 indicates the market is neutral.

Conglomerate John Keells, which saw net foreign selling of 2.34 million shares that accounted for 62 percent of the day’s turnover of 802.4 million rupees, ended 0.14 percent lower.  Talks of a high net worth foreign investor exiting from Keells has triggered panic selling, dealers said.

“Foreign selling in Keells is still continuing and that has brought the market down,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.  Analysts said interest rate volatility and policy uncertainties are also hurting investor sentiment.

Yields on treasury bill auctions rose 5-6 basis points at a weekly auction on Wednesday, a day after the central bank governor signalled less intervention to defend the currency as market has braced for a depreciation.

Shares in Hemas Holdings Plc dropped 2.20 percent while biggest listed lender Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc lost 0.77 percent.

($1 = 149.4000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

Sri Lanka shares end near 9-mth low; foreign selling in Keells weighs

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FIRST CAPITAL’S SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST, ATCHUTHAN SRIRANGAN, SPEAKS TO REUTERS.

Sri Lankan shares fell for a fourth straight session on Wednesday, to end at a near nine-month low, as investors sold large-cap shares on fears that continued foreign selling in John Keells Holdings could dampen market sentiment further.

Foreign investors sold a net 745 million rupees ($4.98 million) worth of equities on Wednesday, the highest in a day since Sept 22, 2016, extending the net outflow in the first three trading sessions of the year to 815 million rupees.   Worries over a weakening rupee and rising interest rates also weighed on the sentiment.

Investors still don’t have the confidence to buy the shares, said Atchuthan Srirangan, a senior research analyst with First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Amid interest rate volatility and policy uncertainties, they are not willing to buy for long term. They will wait to see the long-term picture.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.1 percent down at 6,153.13, its lowest close since April 4. The bourse fell 9.7 percent in 2016, its second straight annual decline.

The index dipped into the oversold territory further on Wednesday with the 14-day relative strength index extending its fall to 28.569 points versus Tuesday’s 29.238, Thomson Reuters data showed. A level between 30 and 70 indicates the market is neutral.

Conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc, which saw net foreign selling of 5.22 million shares that accounted for 82 percent of the day’s turnover, however ended 1.2 percent higher on the back of bargain hunting by domestic investors.

Talks of a high net worth foreign investor exiting from Keells has triggered panic selling, dealers said.  Yields on treasury bill auctions rose 5-6 basis points at a weekly auction on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka’s central bank governor on Tuesday signalled less intervention to defend the currency and the market has braced for a depreciation in the currency.

The country’s failure to attract foreign direct investment and a lack of investor confidence due to a reversal in some 2016 budget policies weighed on the market and on the rupee, stockbrokers said. The currency lost 3.9 percent in 2016 and continues weaken.

Turnover stood at 958.3 million rupees ($6.41 million).  Shares in Ceylinco Insurance Plc dropped 18.1 percent while large cap Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc lost 1.6 percent.

($1 = 149.5000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

 

 

Sri Lankan shares rise nearly 0.5 pct in high turnover

FIRST CAPITAL’S SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST, ATCHUTHAN SRIRANGAN, SPEAKS TO REUTERS.

Sri Lankan shares closed about half a percent higher on Wednesday, recovering from a more than eight-month closing low hit in the previous session, led by blue chips such as John Keells Holdings and Hatton National Bank.

Turnover was 1.73 billion rupees ($11.59 million), more than twice the daily average of 739.5 million rupees for this year. Commercial Bank of Ceylon and Sunshine Holdings accounted for 48.3 percent and 44 percent of the turnover, respectively.

The Colombo stock index finished 0.41 percent higher at 6,228.51, bouncing back from its lowest close since April 6 hit in the prior session. It shed around 2.1 percent in the 10 sessions through Tuesday.

“Blue chips lifted the market. I think it was mostly due to window dressing ahead of the year-end,” said Atchuthan Srirangan, a senior research analyst with First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Foreign investors bought a net 16.2 million rupees worth shares on Wednesday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflows to 627.5 million rupees in equities.

Top conglomerate John Keells rose 1.1 percent, while Hatton National Bank gained 2.65 percent. Commercial Bank of Ceylon closed 2.1 percent higher, while Sunshine ended flat.

($1 = 149.3000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

 

Sri Lankan shares rise after eight sessions of falls in thin trade

FIRST CAPITAL’S SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST, ATCHUTHAN SRIRANGAN, SPEAKS TO REUTERS.

Sri Lankan shares edged up on Friday, snapping eight straight sessions of falls and moving away from a more than eight-month closing low hit in the previous session, while turnover was low in holiday-thinned trade as investors stayed away from markets ahead of the Christmas weekend.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.11 percent firmer at 6,216.56 after posting its lowest close since April 6 in the previous session. It shed 2 percent in the eight sessions through Thursday, and declined 0.8 percent this week.

Turnover was near a four-week low at 124.9 million rupees ($835,451.51), around a sixth of this year’s daily average of 738 million rupees.

“We may see some window dressings next week, which might help the index move up,” said Atchuthan Srirangan, a senior research analyst with First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Sri Lankan markets will be closed on Monday for a bank holiday in lieu of Christmas on Sunday.   Foreign investors, who have been net buyers of 621.5 million rupees of equities, sold a net 4.2 million rupees of shares on Friday.

Cargills (Ceylon) Plc and top conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc accounted for 59 percent of the day’s turnover.  Cargills shares gained 2.9 percent, while Hatton National Bank Plc rose 1.1 percent to boost the overall index. John Keells, however, fell 0.14 percent.

($1 = 149.5000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

 

Sri Lankan shares hit more than 2-wk closing low led by banks

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS.

Sri Lankan shares fell for a third straight session on Friday to close at their lowest in more than two weeks, as a dollar rally to a 14-year peak after an interest rate increase by the U.S. Federal Reserve earlier this week kept investors subdued.

The 25-basis-point rate increase could hike borrowing costs of foreign capital for Sri Lanka and force the coalition government to borrow locally at higher interest rates, which could also result in movement of money from equities, analysts said.

The Fed also signalled a faster pace of increases in 2017, partly as a result of changes anticipated under a Donald Trump presidency, with the U.S. central bank hinting at three rate hikes next year instead of the two foreseen as of September.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.27 percent weaker at 6,268.61, its lowest close since Nov. 30. The bourse fell 0.88 percent for the week, its second weekly fall.

A block deal in Seylan Bank Plc boosted turnover, with dealers saying state-owned Bank of Ceylon sold 13 million shares to a foreign investor.

“A sizeable crossing of Seylan Bank boosted the turnover. Other than the Seylan trade, there was nothing. The market is getting slower by the day with the holiday mood,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Shares of Seylan Bank Plc ended steady, while Lanka ORIX Leasing Company Plc fell 4.49 percent and conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc lost 1.14 percent.

Sri Lanka Telecom Plc dropped 2.61 percent, while Commercial Leasing and Finance Plc fell 5.88 percent.

Turnover stood at 1.86 billion rupees ($12.51 million), well above this year’s daily average of 753.4 million rupees.

 

Foreign investors bought a net 1.35 billion rupees worth of shares on Friday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 1.87 billion rupees worth of equities.

($1 = 148.6500 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)